Issue 136 of Poetry Ireland Review, edited by Colm Keegan, features new poems from Laura-Blaise McDowell, Dermot Bolger, Mary Noonan, Mark Ward, Nithy Kasa, Will Cordeiro, Rose Strode, and many others. Books reviewed in this issue include the latest titles from Alvy Carragher, John Murphy, Pat Cotter, and Liz Quirke, along with the debut collections from Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, Padriag Regan, Bebe Ashley, and Grace Wilentz.
In essays, Katie Donovan writes on the passing of Brendan Kennelly, and Bríona Nic Dhiarmada writes on the legacy of Máire Mhac an tSaoi. Issue 136 also features an outstanding artwork inset and cover by Lucy Sheridan.
Poem of the week
They wander the streets with me, searching
for a steering wheel, a trolley, a pram, a hand.
I give them the edge of my scarf, the belt
on my coat, the button on my lapel, stuff them
in my pockets to burrow in the debris of home
receipts from that new old-fashioned sweet shop
wet wipes used for sticky fingers or muddy hands
tags from new toys, tickets, coins. But it is no use.
Skin cracked, knuckles raw, fingertips barbed
like fishhooks from bottles plunged and scrubbed
in scalding water, my hands will not rest until